10 Things I Learned After Publishing My 1st Novel

“Once you decide to pursue your passion, document the struggles and successes. It’s about the journey. It’s about the growth. It’s about seeing the dream fulfilled. Celebrate each step of the way.” On August 23, 2022, a lifelong dream came true for me, and I released my first contemporary romance novel, I Loved You Yesterday,Continue reading 10 Things I Learned After Publishing My 1st Novel

Book Hooks: How to Snag a Reader (Hook, Line & Sinker)

What you think might snag a reader may turn out to just be a tiny nibble. And what you need is the hook, line, and sinker. Keep fishing until you get a bite.

Are You Ready to Publish Your Book? Optimize Your Success and Publish at the Right Time of Year

“And with that shift, new trends are on the rise. But one thing that has not changed is the seasonal approach to the way books are published.”

So, You Want to be a Better Writer? 5 Quick Tips to Help You Show, Not Tell.

Originally appeared on the Burning Soul Press Blog 4.4.22 Everyone thinks they can write a book. How hard can it be, right? You sit down, you plot out a story, break it down chapter by chapter, and then start typing – and eventually you have yourself a book. Well sure, that’s one approach! But letContinue reading “So, You Want to be a Better Writer? 5 Quick Tips to Help You Show, Not Tell.”

Beta Reading: It’s More Than, “Did You Like It?”

“Your mom is not a beta reader; she will not provide you with critical feedback because… well, she’s your mom!” Picture it. It’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. After days – weeks – months – maybe even years, you’re ready to type THE END on your manuscript. And while I want you to revelContinue reading “Beta Reading: It’s More Than, “Did You Like It?””

Nail the Synopsis: How to Write Your Entire Novel in a Single Page

“I did all the wrong things first and learned from my mistakes.” My stomach still clenches thinking about the painstaking task of writing a synopsis. You know – that single page document that forces an author to take their beautiful 75,000-word masterpiece and condense it down into a dismal play-by-play of what happens? Yeah –Continue reading “Nail the Synopsis: How to Write Your Entire Novel in a Single Page”

How to Jumpstart Your Author PR in 3 Easy Steps

“If you’re an author looking to jumpstart your PR efforts, you’ll be well served to follow these three pieces of advice.” Back in 2006, I transferred as an undergraduate student to Illinois State University. And to be quite honest, I had no rhyme or reason for choosing ISU outside of the fact that some ofContinue reading “How to Jumpstart Your Author PR in 3 Easy Steps”